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Alissa Scheller is the Associate Infographics Editor of the Huffington Post. She previously worked as a designer for the Center for American Progress, and studied journalism and design at American University.

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The Questions People Googled In 5 U.S. Cities This Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Google provided The Huffington Post with the top "how to" questions that people searched for this year. People are always learning, apparently!

New Yorkers wanted to know how to harmonize, network and cosplay. Bostonians were interested in learning to juggle, draw and use Tinder. Chicagoans wanted to learn how to...

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Since Newtown, The Nationwide Trend Has Been Toward Weaker Gun Laws

(100) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 12:38 PM



Two years ago this coming Sunday, 20-year-old Adam Lanza invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle and other weapons. He killed 20 children and six educators. He also killed his mother,...

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Here's How You Can Honor The Newtown Victims

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 5:13 PM

This Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and community organizers and gun control groups have planned a number of vigils and memorials across the country to mark the occasion.

Members of the Newtown community...

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The Countries Where You'll Find The Most Volunteers

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:14 AM

The benefits of altruism are significant -- and it looks like the world is starting to take notice.

According to a new report from the U.K.-based Charities Aid Foundation, volunteer participation rates are at a five-year high: About a billion people around the world give their time to...

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Here's How To Find A Ferguson Protest In Your Area

(284) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:49 PM

After it was announced Monday night that a grand jury had declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on any charges for the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, protests erupted around the country.

Brown's family has called for peaceful protests,...

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Would You Guess There Are Fewer Amish Today? You'd Be So Wrong

(65) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 1:43 PM

There’s no denying that the Amish are fascinating to the rest of us ("the English," in Amish terms).

They’re the topic of reality television shows and documentaries, a particularly memorable Nancy Drew novel and the Academy Award-winning 1985 film "Witness."...

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A Timeline Of How The National Guard Has Been Used To Quell Racial Tensions

(6) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has declared a state of emergency in Missouri as the state and nation await a grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The grand jury will determine whether or not Wilson will...

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All Your Favorite Halloween Candy Is Made By Only 10 Corporations

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Arguably the best part of trick-or-treating as a kid was when you got home, dumped your take on the floor and evaluated the night's haul. Maybe you sorted it by which type was your favorite -- Hershey's over here, Reese's over there, sad, unwanted lollipops and Now and Laters thrown...

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Here's Unsurprising Proof That Coffee Is More Popular Than Tea In Pretty Much Every Country

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 3:27 PM

We already know that Europeans are the biggest coffee drinkers, with residents of Scandinavian countries topping the list for per capita consumption. But what about the popularity of other hot beverages? Is it the cold of Northern Europe that drives the need for warm drinks, or

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How To Tell If You Should Buy Alibaba Stock, In 1 Simple Flowchart

(40) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:28 PM

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba just went public! Should you, a regular person, buy Alibaba stock?

It may seem tempting, what with the stock jumping 35 percent from its $68 initial public offering price on its first day of trading on Friday, making it more...

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In Some Countries, It's Illegal To Hit Your Child. The U.S. Is Not One Of Them.

(52) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in a child injury case last week after reportedly using a small tree branch to hit his 4-year-old son in May 2014. Peterson has also been accused of abusing his other young son, though his lawyer

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If You Need Scientific Proof Never To Leave Your Dog In The Car, Here It Is

(17) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:03 AM

If you love your pet, don't leave him unattended in the car. That's the message from the American Veterinary Medical Association, which reports persistent tragedies resulting from pets left alone in vehicles. In one recent case, a California man left his four dogs crated in his...

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The 10 Cities With The Highest Quality Of Life

(178) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 12:49 PM

If you're looking to improve your happiness, you might consider heading to the Midwest. According to new rankings based on a study by Nerdwallet, the top five cities in the U.S. with the best quality of life are all located in the middle of the country....

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Here Are The Rules To Buying Alcohol In Each State's Grocery Stores

(101) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Prohibition may have been repealed in 1933, but you'd barely know it from some of the alcohol laws still on the books in various states. The legacy of the 18th Amendment lives on in state restrictions on when and where alcohol can be sold,...

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Here's Your Cheat Sheet To College Slang

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Slang in contemporary culture abounds -- regional slang, generational slang, and yes, college-specific slang.

If you just showed up at your dorm and found yourself lost in a sea of jargon, or you've been around for a few semesters and still...

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The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America, In 4 Charts

(154) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 6:49 PM

In a moving letter to the family of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, mourned the American epidemic of gun violence against children:

I will support you and your efforts to seek justice for your Michael and the countless other Michaels & Trayvons of our country. The...
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The Troubling Facts Behind Children Dying In Hot Cars

(171) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 8:28 PM

On July 7, Connecticut father Kyle Seitz got out of his car and went to work, leaving his 15-month-old son, Benjamin, strapped in his car seat. Seitz was supposed to drop his son at day care, but forgot, police told the Connecticut Post. After spending the...

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9 'Garden State' Charts That Remind You To Keep Exploring The Infinite Abyss

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 5:41 PM

"Garden State," that ode to feelings and ending adolescence, came out 10 years ago on July 28. In honor of this anniversary, here are some charts to help you remember just how life-changing this movie was. We suggest you look at them while screaming into an abyss -- or listening...

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The Most Water-Consuming States Are The Ones In Drought

(43) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:53 PM

As the drought in the western United States drags on, communities have considered rules for residents' water use, and California imposed statewide restrictions last week.

A national survey on water use in the U.S. showed that residents in...

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These Charts Show Good News For Hillary Clinton, Bad News For Chris Christie

(93) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:03 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most well-known and well-liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates, according to a recent Gallup poll. Clinton is far more likable than any other potential Democratic candidate, with 15 percentage points between her and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's net favorability...

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